Through the utilization of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, researchers are able to measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people become aggressive and violent after consuming alcohol. Research notes significant changes in the working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain after two drinks - a part of the brain that tempers… Continue reading Brain Scans Reveal Why People Become Aggressive After Drinking Alcohol
Loneliness and social isolation seem to be a much more impending health problem than obesity. According to research presented by the American Psychological Association, approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are suffering from chronic loneliness, in addition to more than one quarter of the population living alone. More than half… Continue reading Loneliness Could Be a Bigger Public Health Threat Than Obesity
Lack of exercise is associated not only with physical health problems, but also with risk of mental health problems. Increased physical activity (PA) has been recommended for the prevention of cardiovascular disease; however, little is known about the effect of walking on physical and mental health outcomes. A study was conducted, which included 30 participants… Continue reading Effects of 10,000 Steps Per Day on Mental Health
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. It is quite often associated with the saying "don't let the future steal your present". By learning and practicing how to be more present in the moment, the benefits to this mental lifestyle are endless. Studies have shown that those who adopt the mindset of… Continue reading Practicing Mindfulness
Would you like to influence the health and well-being of South Dakotans? SDPA is the voice of the psychologists in South Dakota, and Your membership is Your voice! SDPA membership DOUBLED in 2017, and we've targeted another 25% increase in 2018. Become a Member Today! "Grassroots advocacy works in a small state like South Dakota. let… Continue reading Become a Member with SDPA for 2018
During the February 2017 APA Council meeting, a motion was passed (by a very large margin) to send a bylaws change to the APA membership to address representation on Council for SPTAs (State, Provincial, and Territorial Associations). The bylaws change would assure that each SPTA is guaranteed a seat on Council. Presently, seats on Council… Continue reading Your Vote is Critical to SDPA!
APA has a new webpage for psychologists who want to offer assistance to people recovering from Hurricane Harvey. CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can help. The Executive Director of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists recently emailed licensees in Texas with the following message: “In accordance with Governor Abbott’s disaster… Continue reading TX Invites Psychologists to Help Harvey Victims